New Lemur Climbs Out of Hiding in Madagascar
by Jennifer Welsh
Living in the rain forests of Madagascar is a newly discovered wonder of ecological diversity: A lemur that has been hiding out in the middle of about a dozen other lemur species.
The new lemur is about the size of a hamster, which makes it slightly larger than the others in the area, and it likely lives off an omnivorous diet in the trees, scientists report. It has relatively small ears and a longish tail. The little primate, which weighs in at 2 to 2.5 ounces (about 60 or 70 grams), is nocturnal and sticks to the lowland areas of the rain forest.
"We haven’t been able to collect any other data on it," study researcher Ute Radespiel of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, in Germany, told LiveScience. "We know what it looks like, but we can’t tell you much about its behaviors."
The species has been named Microcebus gerpi, after its discoverers’ research affiliation, Groupe D’Étude et de Recherché sur les Primates de Madagascar, also known as GERP. It is colloquially known as the “Gerp’s mouse lemur.”…
(read more: Live Science) (photo: Blanchard Randrianambinina)